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Position at Museums of New Mexico

From: Mark Giles MacKenzie <mark.mackenzie<-a>
Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Senior Conservator - Textiles (DCA #061746)
MNM-Conservation, unit of Museum Resources Division
Museums of New Mexico
Santa Fe

The MNM-Conservation unit invites applicants for our position of
Senior Textile Conservator.  You will join a seven member mixed
specialty conservation unit in a full time permanent position.
MNM-Conservation is a centralized function, part of the larger
Museum Resources Division. We have two conservation laboratories in
Santa Fe, a centralized office and digitization area, and a
scientific analysis unit attached to the larger and older laboratory
on Museum Hill.

The conservation unit dates from the mid-70's and now cares for the
collections and exhibit needs of:

    The Palace of the Governors (oldest continuously occupied
    building in the continental U.S.)/the New Mexico History Museum

    The New Mexico Museum of Art

    The New Mexico Museum of Indian Art and Culture/Laboratory of

    The International Folk Art Museum

    The Office of Archaeological Studies

    The New Mexico Historic Sites (6 open, 2 nascent)

    The International Textile Center (now in planning and
    development stage)

The Senior Textile Conservator will be responsible for the treatment
of a wide variety of textile, costume and related materials.  In
addition to treatment, this position will work with collection
managers, staff and volunteers throughout the Museum of New Mexico
System to preserve the collections of the State of New Mexico.  The
candidate must have excellent manual skills, the ability to operate
a vehicle, possess a good knowledge of conservation theory and the
standards of professional practice.  A self starter is required but
the ability to work within a team is also needed.

While the posting states that an associates degree and experience
are the minimum application standards we are looking for someone
with advanced museum conservation training and experience equivalent
to a Master's degree if a Master's degree from a recognized textile
conservation training program has not also been obtained.

Excellent organizational and verbal skills are needed as is the
ability to work within a mixed professional work place.  The
applicant must already be eligible for employment in the U.S.A.

Skills should include:

    Precision hand skills

    Excellent communication skills

    The ability of successfully conserve fragile, culturally and
    historically valuable objects

    To work efficiently while maintaining professional conservation

    To work within a team which may also include non-conservators,
    museum and historic site staff and volunteers

    Must be able to make and meet project deadlines and assist in
    coordinating projects

    The ability to mentor individuals in textile conservation. These
    may be conservation program students or other team members

Salary is commensurate with experience and training and is evaluated
within the New Mexico State Personnel guidelines.  This is a
permanent state position with full benefits.  The salary range is
from $13.44 - $23.90 per hour, $27,955 - $49,712 plus benefits.

The posting for Senior Conservator-Textiles (DCA #061746) is
available at


The applicant should have a comprehensive portfolio of completed
projects and be prepared to present it during the interview process.
A presentation before the MNM-Conservation unit staff will be

The URL for the State of New Mexico Personnel Office job applicants
site is


If you have questions or wish more information please contact me.

    Mark MacKenzie, Chief Conservator
    Director of Museums of New Mexico - Conservation,
    Museum Resources Division,
    725 Camino Lejo
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    Fax: 505-476-1227
    mark.mackenzie<-a t->state< . >nm< . >us

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